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Elbow Tendonitis


Elbow tendonitis is a painful condition that occurs when tendons in your elbow are overloaded, usually by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm.  The pain of elbow tendonitis occurs primarily where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to a bony bump on the outside of your elbow (tennis elbow) or inside of your elbow (golfer’s elbow). Pain can also spread into your forearm and wrist. Rest and over-the-counter pain relievers often help relieve the pain. If conservative treatments don’t support or if symptoms are disabling, your doctor might suggest surgery.


Signs and Symptoms

Pain with:

  • Shaking hands or gripping an object.
  • Turning a doorknob.
  • Holding a coffee cup.


Treatment Options

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories.
  • Rest.
  • Bracing.
  • Physical Therapy.
  • Injections.
  • Surgery with possible tendon repair.
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